Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply?
JCBS has partnered with UniCAS, a central application service, to collect and manage our applications. The Spring, Summer and Fall 2015 applications are now available here. Please note the MS in Forensic Toxicology program requires a separate application for students applying for Fall 2015.
What is the application deadline for the MS programs?
Applications are considered on a rolling-admissions basis throughout the year, and newly matriculated students may begin coursework in any academic term (Fall, Spring and Summer).
When can I expect a decision?
A decision is typically reached two to three weeks from the time the application is complete. Once an application is complete and submitted for review, the admission committee interviews all applicants whom they are considering for admission.
What materials do I need to complete my application?
A complete application consists of:
- A complete online application submitted with non-refundable, $75.00 application fee
- Personal statement
- Three Letters of recommendation
- Official transcripts from all institutions attended
- Standardized test scores sent directly from testing service (GRE, TOEFL, IELTS)
Are there any prerequisite courses needed to apply to the MS programs?
Students applying to the Master of Science in Pharmacology should have taken undergraduate general and organic chemistry courses and at least one biology course. An undergraduate biochemistry course is strongly recommended but not required.
I am an International applicant. Are there any additional requirements or information that I should know?
- English Proficiency: If your native language is not English, or you received your baccalaureate degree from an institution where English is not the official language of instruction (comprehensive list of requirements by country), you must submit official scores from an accepted English proficiency exam such as TOEFL or IELTS.
- Transcript Evaluation:
If you completed your undergraduate/graduate work outside of the United States, you must submit a course-by-course evaluation from World Education Services (WES).
For other information (Student VISA, etc.) please visit our Office of International Affairs.
Where do I send my official transcripts?
Official Transcripts and WES evaluations (if applicable) should be sent to:
Thomas Jefferson CAS Transcript Processing Center
P.O. Box 9130
Watertown, MA 02471
What is the application fee?
The application fee is $75.00 and needs to be submitted by credit card (Visa or Mastercard only) upon submission of the application. The fee is non-refundable.
Is it possible to obtain a waiver for the application fee?
JCBS does not offer fee waivers.
Does Jefferson College of Biomedical Sciences offer Financial Aid?
Scholarships and assistantships are not available for students in our MS programs. Our students fund their education through a variety of means. Information on applying for financial assistance can be found through our Office of Financial Aid.
Many students will fund their education with tuition benefits through their employer. We suggest applicants inquire about their employer’s tuition policy and contact the Office of Admissions for more information.
How long will it take to finish my degree?
All MS programs are designed to be part-time, which allows students the opportunity to hold a full-time job. The shortest time to complete the programs is typically two to two and a half years. Most candidates complete the program in two and a half to four years.
Are standardized tests (GRE®, MCAT®) required for admission to the MS programs?
As a general policy, applicants to the MS programs are required to take either the GRE® (Graduate Record Examination) or the MCAT® (Medical College Admission Test). However, the GRE or MCAT requirement may be waived for applicants:
- with advanced degrees from accredited institutions
- who have taken JCBS graduate level courses with grades of B or better
- with substantial work experience in relevant fields
Waivers are granted at the discretion of the Admission Committee, and the applicant needs to request the waiver during the application process by emailing the Director of Admissions.
What are the GRE® and TOEFL® codes?
The assigned ETS institution code for Jefferson College of Graduate Studies is 2999. You are not required to enter a separate ETS department code since all materials are sent directly to the Office of Admissions.
If my GRE® scores are more than 5 years old, or TOEFL® score is over 2 years old, are they still valid?
ETS will not issue GRE® scores that are more than 5 years old or TOEFL® scores more than 2 years old. If the scores have expired, applicants will be required to retake the test(s).
How do I submit my letters of recommendation?
The JCBS UniCAS application has an online recommendation included in the system. Applicants submit their letters in the Supporting Information section under Evaluations. For more detail, read the UniCAS submission instructions.
How long should my personal statement be?
The personal statement should be approximately 500-750 words and explain your reasons for applying to JCBS as well as your research interests/experiences.
Will the MS programs assist me in applying to and gaining acceptance to medical or other professional schools?
The MS programs are not post-baccalaureate pre-medical programs and are not designed to prepare students for medical or other professional schools. The curriculum and training methods are intended to prepare students for a wide range of positions in the biomedical sciences industry, government, academia or PhD degree programs. That being said, graduates have gone on to apply and be accepted to various professional school programs.
Can I visit campus and learn more?
The Admissions Office holds several Master of Science Information Sessions throughout the year. A Program Director leads a presentation and answers questions from prospective students while an admissions representative discusses the application process. Learn more about upcoming events.
Who can I contact with more questions?
Questions regarding the application process can be directed to the Admissions Office at 215-503-4400, while specific questions about the programs can be directed to Eleanor Gorman, Assistant Coordinator for MS Programs in the Basic Sciences, at 215-503-5799.